Confessions of 2016 // Angelsea Urban

 

Work/life Balance is a myth. Not because it can’t be achieved, but I believe it should never be achieved. My family wins. Every time. The attention I give my family should never equal the attention I give my business. In turn, 2016 was a doozey for my business. There were many, many days this where my to-do list was cancelled, work rescheduled, and I had to drop everything to be with my kids or take them to an appointment or because they were sick or **I** was sick. There were many times I had to say “no” this year, so that I could say “yes” to something else. “No” to new clients and projects that I would love to embrace but the timing was not right, so I could say “yes” to taking care of myself and my family. “No” to too much Pro Bono work so I could say “yes” to the projects that would support the limited amount of time I could give to my business last year. Even “No” to some of my own work just so that my husband can say, “yes” to his.

The result of those decisions could have cost me my livelihood and the momentum that had been built over the years. Less clients = less work = less referrals = less money = dying business.

Except, thankfully, it didn’t cost me anything. Why? Because my business has been built and structured in a way that I can hit the pause button on my input anytime, and the ship keeps sailing on it’s own. Budgeting, automation, annual forecasting, planned marketing, systems, extra support, outsourcing and time management became a very real thing that I had to rely on this year. I had to trust the system I had created, and then depend on it while I tended to other things.

The results are that I still have a job today, drawing the same salary I always had been. Just as if I was working for a corporation and had taken extended vacation or sick leave. Except that I am a full time self-employed entrepreneur, dependent on generating my own revenue in order to even see that steady paycheck in the end.

I share this publically now, because I work with many families and small business owners who want the same thing. Parents who want to be parents, but also have a business that supports the family. Or millennials who watched their parents struggle and save over their lifetime just waiting for their rest time to come in retirement. They started businesses because they wanted the freedom to live and work simultaneously, not wait to live at the end of a lifetime of work. Or maybe it’s even the hobbyist, who sees great potential in what they are doing, but don’t know how to take it to the next level. Or why they even should.

I never decided one day I would be a self-employed business owner. I probably would never have had the courage to take that bold risk and leave behind a budding Business Management career helping other people find freedom in their own work/life balance. For me, it happened slowly over the course of several years before I realized I should take it seriously, and sow into a solid plan. That was a decade ago. And by God’s grace, and proper business planning, I’m still here.

 

In 2017 I look forward to continuing my purpose where my heart is: to help nourish families in their relationships with each other. I pursue that through meaningful portrait photography, business consulting and management for entrepreneurs, teaching practical stewardship and home management systems, and creating simple products and tools that maximize the quality of our lives. Sometimes it’s just over dinner at our kitchen table with friends, or in ministry with our church. I am most passionate about my faith and my family, and I look forward to meeting yours.

To the working mothers, struggling business owners, dreamers, frustrated hobbyists, lost sheep in a dying job…if any of my personal experience prompts you to say:

“Should I set my business up in a similar way?”, “What if something happened to me?”, “I wish I had more time with my family?”, “How will I know if this endeavor is worth it?”

or even just “I could use some help in this.”  “I wish I could just brainstorm with someone.”

Then I would encourage you to reach out to me personally, by clicking on the image below. There is nothing special about January, but “a year from now you’ll have wished you had started today”.

XOXO,
Angie

www.urbanrg.com

 

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 Angelsea Urban is an entrepreneur and photographer helping families to nourish their homes and cultivate their businesses. Pursuing this through meaningful portrait photography, business consulting and management for entrepreneurs, teaching practical stewardship and home management systems, and creating simple products and tools that maximize the quality of our lives. She serves in several ministries both locally and nationally, and performs hundreds of hours of pro bono work for many non-profits. As a consultant, Angelsea has elevated the careers of restaurateurs, photographers, writers, musicians and general small business owners by planting firm foundations and building clear action plans for long-term success.  Her unique photography work focuses on Redefining the Family Portrait Experience ® by creating a space to strengthen family bonds. She has photographed for celebrities, Bravo TV, NFL Films, and local families and has been published in magazine print and multiple blogs for her work in photography and in strategic business management practices. Angelsea also teaches both subjects in various conferences and workshops across the country and resides with her husband of 19 years, their two children, and barely 3 pound Yorkie near Long Beach Island, New Jersey.  

To book your portrait session with Angelsea Urban, please visit www.angelseaurban.com

For education and consulting opportunities, please visit www.urbanrg.com

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Secret Garden Outdoor Portrait Studio // Angelsea Urban

It was this crazy idea in the back of my mind since we bought this property almost 10 years ago. It’s an odd triangle shape with a big wedge that goes westerly into the woods next to our home. And “the woods” it stayed ever since.

I love the beach. I love the park. I love architecture and stone and a million other locations to photograph at. But I longed for a permanent location that I can choose exactly where the tree is planted to coordinate with the sunset. Where I can place a path in the right direction according to the time of day, activity and direction of the sun. Where I can bring in furniture, lighting, decor, and plan events and create custom styled portraits that take days and weeks and months to dream up and coordinate and bring them to life. Little by little on a piece of property that I have access to 24/7. A property steps from my home where I can still be available for my kids, and where I can keep clients warm during cold winter portrait sessions. I still love the beach and the parks, and plan to keep photographing there, but it’s nice to have another outlet as well.

We officially broke ground a few months ago and held our first portrait session in early December. We celebrated with a little nighttime wine & cheese bonfire party and I was so pleased with the results from the first set of portraits. It was interesting to see how different I would end up using the space than I had planned. Angles that I thought were perfect during planning and construction just didn’t work out, and other areas I didn’t even consider, ended up being beautifully lit up at just the right time that I was able to see an entire new area that I hadn’t considered. There is still much to be done, as each month I plan to design the set differently, but I look forward to the ever changing canvas that I can use to suit my client’s needs and my creative juices.

None of this would have been possible without the help of Cristina Maggion, who worked tirelessly with me through the 11th hour to get the garden ready moments before the first scheduled appointment. She also created just about all of the floral pieces and searched high and low for just the right accessories. A big thanks to Phil Walsh for braving the cold and wind to climb 30 foot trees to hang a 16 foot softbox in the woods and building a beam in the dark! Special thanks to Megan and Joel from Rustic Drift for providing the vintage decor, including the doors, and fireplace, and also to Matt Vogel and his crew with Carefree Landscaping, for taking my crazy chicken scratch drawing and bringing a garden to life from a messy forest. And most of all thanks to my incredibly supportive hubby Steve who not only agreed to give up a good part of our house for an indoor studio, but now part of our outdoor property too. For hanging lights while I pointed and decided at where they should go, for posing in all of the lighting test shots, for lugging furniture back and forth, multiple times, and for always encouraging my crazy ideas and cheering me on unconditionally.

Be sure to get on the list for our next event: SNOW PORTRAITS! Plans are already on the way for when the sky decides to cooperate! For more information email angelsea@angelseaurban.com and reference Snow Portraits or sign up directly at http://angelseaurbanblog.com/forms/secretgarden.html

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Angelsea Urban is aentrepreneur and photographer helping familiesto nourish their homes, relationships andbusinesses through meaningful portrait photography, business consulting and management for entrepreneurs, teaching practical stewardship and home management systems, and creating simple products and tools that maximize the quality of our lives.Her unique photography work focuses onRedefining the Family Portrait Experienceby tellingthe story of familythrough personalized foundations while creating a space to strengthen family bonds throughout the experience. As a certified tax professional and seasoned business consultant, Angelsea has helped the careers of photographers, restaurateurs, musicians and general small business owners through teaching, workshops, coaching, and hands on consulting. She serves in several ministries and is a Board Member and the Director of Operations for Starve Poverty International. She has photographed for families, brides, Bravo TV, NFL Films, and more and has been published inmultiple blogs and magazine print for her work in photography and in strategic business management. Angelsea teaches and photographs throughout the United States, and resides with her husband of 18 years, their two children, and their barely 3 pound Yorkie near Long Beach Island, New Jersey.

To book your session with Angelsea Urban, please visit www.angelseaurban.com

For education and consulting opportunities, please visit www.urbanrg.com

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DIY Industrial Pipe Desk // Angelsea Urban

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Analysis Paralysis. Raise your hand if you can relate? I totally do and often take way to long to do things because I have to plan, organize, weigh my options, price things out, probably put them on a spreadsheet, look at the calendar to find the “right” time to do things. It’s awful. As much as that kind of behavior may be necessary in some areas of life, it’s easy to transfer that behavior to ALL areas of life and it bogs you down and prevents you from moving forward.

So… why the desk?

I was painting the studio this past weekend and wished my desk was 2 feet smaller. I imagined my “perfect” desk. It would be industrial. Made of wood and steel. In fact, hand made. By me.

I am tired of being paralyzed by overthinking things. I got in the car and went to home depot with only a picture from pinterest.

I stood in the aisles piecing together pipes and steel fittings until I everyone around knew who the crazy lady in isle 14 was. I went home, sanded, stained and jammed out to hits from the 90s while I remembered what it was like to build something from nothing.

Concept to completion took only 7 hours.

I love my new desk and all it represents.

Here’s to kicking 2016 in the pants!

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Angelsea Urban is aentrepreneur and photographer helping familiesto nourish their homes, relationships andbusinesses through meaningful portrait photography, business consulting and management for entrepreneurs, teaching practical stewardship and home management systems, and creating simple products and tools that maximize the quality of our lives.Her unique photography work focuses onRedefining the Family Portrait Experienceby tellingthe story of familythrough personalized foundations while creating a space to strengthen family bonds throughout the experience. As a certified tax professional and seasoned business consultant, Angelsea has helped the careers of photographers, restaurateurs, musicians and general small business owners through teaching, workshops, coaching, and hands on consulting. She serves in several ministries and is a Board Member and the Director of Operations for Starve Poverty International. She has photographed for families, brides, Bravo TV, NFL Films, and more and has been published inmultiple blogs and magazine print for her work in photography and in strategic business management. Angelsea teaches and photographs throughout the United States, and resides with her husband of 18 years, their two children, and their barely 3 pound Yorkie near Long Beach Island, New Jersey.

To book your session with Angelsea Urban, please visit www.angelseaurban.com

For education and consulting opportunities, please visit www.urbanrg.com

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Fashion Pastor Ken Carlson // Angelsea Urban

Meet: Ken Carlson.

One of the Pastors at Bayside Chapel in Barnegat, NJ, our home church. Pastor Ken is embarking on an exciting new personal project turned business endeavor: Fashion Pastor. A men’s inspiration outlet with biblical teachings, encouragement, and fashion tips for the modern man. Be sure to take a minute to follow Ken’s Instagram account to be notified of his upcoming tips, future blog and other exciting announcements to come! Ken and his wife Laura are wonderful people and great friends and I am so excited to see these plans unfold!

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UrbanFamily-1116
Angelsea Urban is aentrepreneur and photographer helping familiesto nourish their homes, relationships andbusinesses through meaningful portrait photography, business consulting and management for entrepreneurs, teaching practical stewardship and home management systems, and creating simple products and tools that maximize the quality of our lives.Her unique photography work focuses onRedefining the Family Portrait Experienceby tellingthe story of familythrough personalized foundations while creating a space to strengthen family bonds throughout the experience. As a certified tax professional and seasoned business consultant, Angelsea has helped the careers of photographers, restaurateurs, musicians and general small business owners through teaching, workshops, coaching, and hands on consulting. She serves in several ministries and is a Board Member and the Director of Operations for Starve Poverty International. She has photographed for families, brides, Bravo TV, NFL Films, and more and has been published inmultiple blogs and magazine print for her work in photography and in strategic business management. Angelsea teaches and photographs throughout the United States, and resides with her husband of 18 years, their two children, and their barely 3 pound Yorkie near Long Beach Island, New Jersey.

To book your session with Angelsea Urban, please visit www.angelseaurban.com

For education and consulting opportunities, please visit www.urbanrg.com

Follow Angelsea Urban on Facebook

Follow Angelsea Urban on Instagram

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Princeton University Family Portraits // Angelsea Urban

One of my all time favorite families to photograph. Each man as sweet as the next, with a loving Mama to care for them all. Such a blessing to see this beautiful family continuing to grow. Photographed at the amazing eye candy playground, also known as, Princeton University.

Hope you enjoy a few of my personal favorites from this sweet family’s portraits.

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UrbanFamily-1116
Angelsea Urban is aentrepreneur and photographer helping familiesto nourish their homes, relationships andbusinesses through meaningful portrait photography, business consulting and management for entrepreneurs, teaching practical stewardship and home management systems, and creating simple products and tools that maximize the quality of our lives.Her unique photography work focuses onRedefining the Family Portrait Experienceby tellingthe story of familythrough personalized foundations while creating a space to strengthen family bonds throughout the experience. As a certified tax professional and seasoned business consultant, Angelsea has helped the careers of photographers, restaurateurs, musicians and general small business owners through teaching, workshops, coaching, and hands on consulting. She serves in several ministries and is a Board Member and the Director of Operations for Starve Poverty International. She has photographed for families, brides, Bravo TV, NFL Films, and more and has been published inmultiple blogs and magazine print for her work in photography and in strategic business management. Angelsea teaches and photographs throughout the United States, and resides with her husband of 18 years, their two children, and their barely 3 pound Yorkie near Long Beach Island, New Jersey.

To book your session with Angelsea Urban, please visit www.angelseaurban.com

For education and consulting opportunities, please visit www.urbanrg.com

Follow Angelsea Urban on Facebook

Follow Angelsea Urban on Instagram

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